Ever struggle with feeling like you want to say “no” but don't think you can?
Opportunities come to us in a variety of ways and we think that we're supposed to say “yes” to all of them especially when we're working so hard to grow our business.
You may think that because someone is willing to pay you that you should take them on as a client.
You may think that because someone “appears” to offer you a great opportunity you should accept it.
But guess what? You need to be selective and sometimes as tricky as saying “no” is, it can be the best thing for YOU and your business.
I put together a quick video about what to do about these crazy decision dilemmas in my “On the Go” video article for you this week.
Have you ever felt that little twinge of intuition that told you not to do something, went ahead and did it but later regretted it?
Here are a few pointers on how to be a bit more selective and choose wisely in working with clients and or deciding on the best decisions for your business:
1. Use your intuition: if an opportunity doesn't “feel” right. Walk away and do it as fast as you can. But don't forget to be polite because you never know if maybe they have someone they're connected to who could be right for you. You also have a reputation to upheld so be courteous and if they aren't the right client for you then feel free to suggest someone who may be a better fit for them.
2. Establish Criteria: decide who you want to work with. It's your business, you have every right to decide. This not only goes for clients but Joint Venture partners. Just because someone wants to work with you doesn't meet it has to be the right call. Decide if the situation works with your schedule, your budget, your needs. If it's not right and doesn't meet your business plan or goals then be okay with letting the opportunity go. There will be plenty of others to come along.
3. Never let anyone take advantage of you: remember that it's your time, your money and your business. Make decisions that help to move your business forward. Sometimes you'll do things because you like a person or as a favor but that's different then letting someone gain from what you do. Even if you take on a client that might not be an exact match make sure you have clear and established boundaries. You don't have to bend to meet their needs. It's your business and your call.
Do you have a clear idea of who you want to take on as a client? Any clue how to choose which are the best business opportunities you should choose?
Fill me in on either a lesson learned from working with the wrong type of client or for saying “yes” when you should have said “no” to a business opportunity.
Thanks so much.
Wishing You Success!